After spending an entire work week typing ferociously on our laptops, the editors here at HuffPost Style can't wait to get something done with our badly chipped nails. Yet, things often take an ugly turn as soon as we step foot inside the nail salon.
From the rapid-fire shouting of "Pick your color! Pick your color!" to the anxiety that creeps up when the manicurist reaches for the callus shaver, where is the sense of calm?
Scroll down for our list of 15 things that stress us out at the nail salon, including solutions to prevent panic and frustration:
- When you go in for a manicure and they ask if you're there for an eyebrow wax. Or an upper lip wax. Or an arm wax.
- The pressure to pick a nail color in just 10 seconds.
- Whether our toes should match our fingernail color. Decisions ... decisions.
- If you don't like your nail color once it's on, should you pipe up? Or is that too high-maintenance?
- People talking loudly on their cellphones.
- Are we obligated to chat with the person sitting next to us?
- Should we spark up a conversation with the manicurist?
- When there's an obvious communication barrier.
- Messing up our manicure because we're too distracted by all the magazines!
- If we're offending the manicurist by telling her how to do her job (i.e. Don't clip our cuticles, in fact, don't even touch our cuticles).
- Debating whether we should get our callused feet shaved.
- Should we say something if we don't see the nail tools come out of the sterilizer?
- What do you do when your feet can't reach the pedicure bowl? Slouching isn't sexy.
- How much are you supposed to tip? What to do if one person starts your manicure and another finishes them?
Solution: Smile and reply, "Maybe next time."
Solution: Bring your own nail polish. Done deal.
Solution: Test out various shade combinations days before your next nail salon visit.
Solution: Yes! Don't be afraid to change your mind once you've at least seen the shade on one or two fingers.
Solution: Many salons and spas have a "No phone policy." However, it is okay to kindly ask your pedicure chair neighbor to turn things down a notch.
Solution: No. Crank up your iPod (but not too loud) to block out all the noise.
Solution: Only if you have to provide clear instructions. Constant chatter may actually be a major distraction and cause mistakes.
Solution: There is at least one person in the nail salon who can get your message across.
Solution: Get a 15-minute massage while you wait for your nails to dry, or try meditating.
Solution: You're paying for a service. While they are the pros, it's your body.
Solution: Just don't do it. It tickles, plus it's not hygienic. A pumice stone is a safer and healthier alternative.
Solution: You certainly should! Or bring your own set.
Solution: Research local nail salons ahead of time that offer accommodations to make the experience more comfortable.
Solution: Depending on the service provided, you should tip at least ten percent of the total. 15 to 20 percent is a good standard. And don't forget to share the wealth if more than one manicurist worked on your nails.
What stresses you out at the nail salon? Sound off in the comments section below.
Meanwhile, see which celebrities would never be caught without unpolished nails.
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